Meet the new players of urban mobility

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The public transport sector is currently witnessing an unprecedented emergence of new players, whose influence extends to all facets of the market. The advent of the smartphone launched this change, and increased digitalisation promises to propel the industry further. 

Innovation is at the heart of the 2017 Global Public Transport Summit, where the movers and shakers of the industry will present their vision of the future of urban mobility. Who are these new players? Meet them in Montréal:

Go contactless

In response to the confusion and difficulty of bus ticketing services in Wellington, New Zealand, Snapper proposed a contactless electronic card. The ’Snapper card’ can be used for bus fares as well as a broad range of everyday items, and offers discounts to frequent users. 

Following the success of similar models in London (Oyster cards) and Hong Kong (Octopus cards), Snapper makes the move toward an integrated ticket system for all public transport. This system has the potential to open access and improve traffic congestion, working to reduce more than 250 different fare types in Wellington down to one. Integrated ticketing solutions already exist in cities throughout Europe and Asia.

Smarter planning

Remix represents a huge step forward for public transport planning, with their software package that uses open-source transport data to help urban planners and public administrators make informed decisions. Before Remix, urban planning was largely a manual process, involving trial-and-error decision-making and expensive data collection.

Remix streamlines this process, and transport authorities are already taking notice. The software is currently being used by more than 50 agencies around the world, and has helped urban planners save time and money, increasing efficiency through digital route design.

Founder Tiffany Chu intends to continue developing the platform: “There’s a whole set of opportunities to show the trade-offs and benefits of different transportation options, and help city officials be better planners. We’re just starting with transportation. There are so many ways technology can empower city planners.”

Ride-sourcing and community-building

Describing the ride-sourcing company Via as a “dynamic bus,” CEO Daniel Ramot strives to reduce the number of vehicles on the road as well as provide a unique community-building experience. Via’s on-demand service is currently only available in New York, but the company plans to expand into more cities this year. 

Speaking on the place of Via in the urban mobility market, Ramot commented: "When you look at public transit it has fixed routes and schedules. We see that on-demand transportation in the future will be the same, just smaller and more agile. We’re positioned in a unique space between a bus and an Uber.”

Representatives from these innovative companies, and so many more, will be presenting various sessions at the 2017 Global Public Transport in Montréal (15-17 May). Register now and continue your journey on new mobility players and the future of car-sharing at the CSA conference (18-19 May, Montreal) - UITP Summit delegates will benefit from a special price.

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